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IDC Reports Fourth Quarter Tablet Shipment Actuals with Some Surprises

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Industry analyst firm IDC published actual Q4-2012 worldwide tablet shipment numbers (paid subscription required or free metered view) which should be of interest to B2B and B2C fulfillment teams. Supply Chain Matters readers might recall our late November commentary which contrasted the latest IHS teardown analysis of various Tablets to supply chain strategies addressing the desired business outcomes. According to IDC, worldwide shipments of electronic tablets grew by 75 percent to a fourth quarter record, thanks to lower selling prices and new product offerings.  Tablets were also high on the holiday wish lists of global consumers. Nearly 53 million tablets were shipped, up from a near 30 million shipped in the previous quarter.  That is quite a hockey-stick uptick and kudos to the supply chain fulfillment teams that managed this surge in product demand. This author does not subscribe to any notion that supply chains may be failing- quite the […]